The Wolseley – Afternoon Tea – Restaurant Review, London

Last weekend Becky from Team DC ventured down from Manchester to the Big Smoke – sadly the rest of Team DC were busy – but worry ye not she still managed to live it large!!

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‘One of the friends I was with had never seen Buckingham Palace – I know, just bear with – so as we rose to the bright lights of Green Park we decided it was time for a cuppa.

We looked around and spotted the Ritz (living a little too large!), Starbucks, Caffe Nero (more like it) and, wait, what’s this we’re standing outside of?  It was only The Wolseley – a DC favourite, so even though I wouldn’t see Donna on this trip to London, she was still there in spirit!

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There was no question!  We were going for Afternoon Tea at The Wolseley before going to see the Queen at Buckingham Palace.  A.A. Milne and A.A Gill would be proud!!

A red nosed doorman showed us in and as we peeled back the heavy leather curtain we entered a world of old time glamour and splendour.  Even without a reservation (though reservation is recommended) we had our names added to the list and were guided to the dark wood paneling of the bar. The inside of The Wolseley is how I imagine the inside of a beehive to be but marbled, gilded and with the clatter of cutlery. Busy with chatter, waiters and the business of life.

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We didn’t have to wait long before the super attendant waiter showed us to our table.  After much deliberation we settled on cream teas.  Following a mix up in ordering – afternoon tea and cream tea are very different beasts it turns out – we were presented not just with scones but also with the patisserie from the afternoon tea.  Apparently the waiters felt they couldn’t tease us with cakes and then not allow us to eat them!!

You certainly get value for money at The Wolseley – there were three scones to contend with and the biggest pot of tea I’ve ever encountered for one person.  That on top of the patisserie meant we were sugar rushing through Green Park!! The scones were delicious and fresh, bouncy to the touch, and served with fresh strawberry jam and clotted cream that were beautifully presented.  All served with loose-leaf tea for the most refreshing cuppa.

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I can understand why it’s a DC favourite, and will be recommending to others I know to be visiting the capital soon..

To make your own reservation visit their website www.thewolseley.com or call 020 7499 6996.

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